Rent-to-own company accused of spying through rented laptops

Illinois’ Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission have accused a local rent-to-own franchise owner with intentionally spying on consumers who rented laptops from the company.

According to a Chicago Sun-Times report this week, AG Lisa Madigan and the FTC have sued Watershed Development Corp., which owns and operates Aaron’s rent-to-own stores in several Illinois locations. Their lawsuit claims the company intentionally put tracking spyware of each laptop computer it rented so it could spy on consumers who became late on payments. Continue reading Rent-to-own company accused of spying through rented laptops

New Balance agrees to $2.3M settlement on false toning shoe claims

American sneaker manufacturer New Balance has agreed to a settlement that requires it to refund consumers who purchased its line of toning shoes because the claims it made about the products were false.

According to an AP report, New Balance will pay at least $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit brought against it by a group of women who said they gained no benefit from purchasing the company’s TrueBalance or Rock&Tone sneakers. For the three women who first filed the lawsuit against the sneaker company, they will each receive $5,000. Consumers who join their class-action lawsuit will be entitled to $100 toward the purchase of their defective and potentially dangerous shoes. Continue reading New Balance agrees to $2.3M settlement on false toning shoe claims

Judge OK’s $40M settlement on Skechers toning shoe refunds

Skechers USA Inc. will have to pay at least $40 million as part of a federal settlement that it made misleading and unscientific claims about the benefits of its line of toning shoes, including Shape-Ups and Tone-Ups.

According to a Boston Globe report, a federal judge in Louisville, Ky., has approved a settlement between the American sneaker maker and consumers who entered a class-action lawsuit based on the company making false and deceiving claims about its popular and trendy line of toning shoes. Continue reading Judge OK’s $40M settlement on Skechers toning shoe refunds

Diabetes testing supplier agrees to terms of whistleblower lawsuit

A Mississippi-based diabetes supply company has agreed to pay $1.8 million as part of settlement on a whistleblower lawsuit filed by two former employees.

The lawsuit alleged that Pinnacle Medical Solutions defrauded government insurance programs on the cost of diabetes testing supplies that were sent to the elderly and service veterans. The company settled claims that it violated the False Claims Act and the lawsuit was brought forward by, in part, by a former reimbursement specialist at the company. Continue reading Diabetes testing supplier agrees to terms of whistleblower lawsuit

Walmart warehouse workers file class-action lawsuit over missing wages in California

A class-action lawsuit has recently been filed against Walmart by workers in one of the company’s southern California warehouses over conditions employees faced at the facility.

According to a report from a recurring feature by L.A. Times, workers at Walmart’s Mira Loma warehouse facility filed a class-action lawsuit against the companies which staff the warehouses. The workers are being represented by the Warehouse Workers United group. It names Schneider Logistics Inc. (SLI) and its subsidiary Schneider Logistics Transloading and Distribution (STLD) as Defendants. Continue reading Walmart warehouse workers file class-action lawsuit over missing wages in California

FTC warns of scams following Hurricane Isaac

As the swath of the country affected by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Isaac continues to recover this week, residents of those areas are likely to encounter one or several scams for myriad services.

The Federal Trade Commission warned late last week that scammers often follow the path of natural disasters, preying on vulnerable and grief-stricken residents with offers of help or charity. The agency warned that residents are likely to encounter quick-response offers for home repair, flood damage repair, water removal, and requests for money for charity. Continue reading FTC warns of scams following Hurricane Isaac